Kids Running Outside

The Decline of Play

We know through our research that play is a powerful stimulant in developing children. In this video, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but overall dramatic increase in stress related behaviors in children and adolescents. Based on his own and others' research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children's healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children's lives.

View the video

To learn more about the value of play in communities, click here and request a copy of Words on Play, a treatise on the value of play featuring articles written by respected play scholars and research - PlayCore's friends, mentors, and partners.

More in Industry News

Related News

Adaptive1
Blog

Feb. 16, 2018

Expanding Community Inclusion Across Recreation Settings

Site-specific design considerations will help ensure the thought that went into the play area to increase usage for of all abilities across all settings.

Rightto Play Blog Post
Blog

Feb. 12, 2018

The Right to Play on an Inclusive Playground

Communities are recognizing the value and need for inclusive playgrounds creating a powerful energy to help children of all abilities enjoy their right to play!

Glenrose Hospital Case Study Image
Blog

Feb. 09, 2018

Case Study: Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is focused on family-centered care that engages the whole family, including siblings, parents, grandparents, and caregivers.